Newsday‘s John Jeansonne, via quotes from some other contributors, observes that, for all of the sturm und drang, nothing that has happened this week is going to turn people off of baseball:
I have no doubt that if Alex has a good year, he will not be jogging around the bases, celebrating a game-winning home run, in a silent Yankee Stadium . . .
. . . The idea that baseball loyalists are appalled to see the record book profaned by steroid-powered statistics, even as attendance records continue to fall, is counterintuitive. “A mystery to me,” [Tom] Callahan said. “I really don’t understand it. They always say this kind of thing will alienate the public but it doesn’t. It’s a great lie.
“I can’t believe anybody’s heart was touched, listening to Peter Gammons and A-Rod during that TV interview [in which Rodriguez admitted his steroid use]. But, having seen Rodriguez play … he’s a hell of a player.”
The game itself is the most powerful antidote to all of this business. We can work to outdo each other with our outrage all winter, but I defy anyone who truly enjoys baseball to not forget all of this off-the-field business and enjoy themselves when the actual games begin.